Developer Michael O’Flynn has been given the green light by An Bord Pleanála for the construction of 608 homes in Glanmire, Co Cork.

The approval, given under the Government’s temporary ‘fast-track’ planning system, will see the delivery by O’Flynn Construction of 496 houses and 112 apartments at Ballinglanna. The scheme is set to include a créche, retail units, a community building and the provision of a school site.

An Bord Pleanála finalised its decision on Mr O’Flynn’s application last Thursday – two-and-a-half weeks ahead of the April 19 deadline it had set for a determination on the proposal.

The development is the largest housing scheme to have been approved by the Board under the Strategic Housing Development (SHD) process to date. It is also the first SHD application for a residential development to be granted outside of Dublin.

Under the ‘fast track’ scheme, developers seeking permission for 100 residential units or more are no longer required to apply to their respective local authorities, but can instead apply directly to An Bord Pleanála. With ordinary planning applications for large housing developments to local authorities typically appealed to An Bord Pleanala, ultimate approval can, in certain circumstances, take up to 18 months to secure. The fast-track regulation sees determinations reduced to a maximum of six months.

Michael O’Flynn said: “The solution to Ireland’s housing crisis lies in large- scale developments such as Ballinglanna, built to the highest standards.

“We look forward to bringing this new scheme to the people of Cork as quickly as possible.”

The company expects to start construction in Cork this summer with the first units going on sale from around February 2019.

Irish Independent